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Brian Levin, Esq.
Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism
Professor of Criminal Justice
California State University, San Bernardino

Criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin is a professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino where he specializes in analysis of hate crime, terrorism and legal issues. Prof. Levin began his academic career as a professor at Stockton College in New Jersey in 1996.

Previously, Professor Levin served as Associate Director-Legal Affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Klanwatch/Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Al.; Legal Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnic and Racial Violence in Newport Beach, Ca. and as a corporate litigator for the law firm of Irell & Manella. He was also a New York City Police Officer in the Harlem and Washington Heights sections of Manhattan during the crack wars of the 1980s.

Mr. Levin is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was awarded the Block Civil Liberties Award for his work on hate crime. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the state of California. He received his bachelors degree with multiple honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a grant to study hate crime.

He is the author or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals and studies on extremism and hate crime. He was also the author of influential Supreme Court briefs in the Supreme Court case of Wisconsin v. Mitchell in 1992-3, where he analyzed criminological data establishing hate crime's severity. His book, the Limits of Dissent is about the Constitution and domestic terrorism. He is presently writing another book about the hate crime and extremism. His research has been cited by The California Court of Appeals and in numerous scholarly journals and major law reviews.

Prof. Levin has testified before Congress, the US Commission on Civil Rights and various state legislatures on hate and terrorism. He has presented instruction and/or advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Justice, Treasury Dept., U.S. Customs, American Bar Association, American Prosecutor's Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, National Bar Association, National College of District Attorneys, National District Attorneys Association, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, International Association of Chiefs of Police and numerous police departments, colleges, universities and human rights organizations.

Mr. Levin is a court certified expert on extremism in the United States and England. He has appeared on every network and cable television evening news broadcast and various network magazine shows on the subjects of civil rights, criminal law, and extremism. He has also appeared in every major American newspaper, newsmagazine and wire service.


Kevin E. Grisham, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Research, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism
Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
California State University, San Bernardino

Political scientist and political violence scholar, Kevin Grisham is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and Assistant Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) where he specializes in analysis of terrorism, violent political movements and globalization.

He teaches and develops curriculum within the Global Studies area of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUSB. His regional research interest focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prof. Grisham began his academic career as an adjunct professor at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California in 2001. He has taught in both of the public university systems in California (California State University system and the University of California system) and also the California community college system.

Prior to serving as the Assistant Director of Research at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, Professor Grisham served as Director of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMES) at CSUSB and previously coordinated the minor and certificate program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES). He currently serves as the Faculty Adviser for the internationally award-winning Model United Nations Program and the nationally award-winning Model Arab League Program.

Dr. Grisham holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from CSUSB. In both instances, his coursework and writings focused on both domestic terrorism threats and global terrorism threats. His studies have focused on factors that lead various violent political movements to transform into other organizations over time.

He is the author of The Transformation of Violent Political Movements: Rebels Today, What Tomorrow (Routledge, 2014) and the co-author of several articles published in leading academic journals, including the influential piece, “Staying Quartered Civilian Uprisings and Military Disobedience in the Twenty-First Century” (co-authored with Dr. David Pion-Berlin from the University of California, Riverside and Dr. Diego Esparza from the Naval Post-Graduate School). This study included Dr. Grisham’s analysis of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain.

Prof. Grisham has worked and conducted fieldwork in a variety of locations throughout the global community, for example – Yemen, China, Ireland and Northern Ireland. From 1999 to 2000, he served as a Program Officer at the Yemen Language Center (now, Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies) and studied Yemeni colloquial Arabic while in country.

Dr. Grisham currently serves as the Vice President of the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a Non-governmental organization with affiliation with the United Nations. Dr. Grisham has appeared on BBC WorldNews and is routinely interviewed by local media in Southern California concerning terrorism, ISIS (ISIL) and other related topics. He has also been interviewed on radio shows throughout the U.S. concerning violent extremism and attacks in the U.S. He regularly speaks around the U.S. on issues related to terrorism and violent political movements.